Happy New Year, everyone! As you may recall, one of my favorite reads each week is Brandy’s Frugal Accomplishments post on The Prudent Homemaker. I love the sense of community, the many ideas shared by Brandy and her readers, and the inspiration and encouragement I get from each post and comment. I prune things from my to-do list every year, but one constant is reading (and hopefully contributing to) these lists – so I’m sticking with sharing on my end for 2018.
Here’s what my family accomplished the first week of January, 2018:
Saved $23 household supplies at Target – Using Cartwheel app we received 20% off two large jugs of Seventh Generation laundry detergent ($15.99 ea from $19.99) and received $10 off $40 in household supplies (which included the toilet paper and trash bags that were also on my list); bought two boxes of Annie’s macaroni & cheese (sale price $0.99 – 20% Carthwheel = $0.79 each). Bought my daughter a very large Rubbermaid tote for $5.99 to store items for when she is old enough to move out (Christmas colors of red & green were on sale)
Saved $38 on feminine supplies at Walgreens and stocked up for several months – I ordered online (free shipping for $35+ orders); applied $6.50 in manufacturer coupons to my rewards card; used an 18% off coupon code; and applied $10 of rewards already on my account. I also chose the least expensive per unit brands on the largest boxes available (so I don’t have to purchase again as soon) and items that had special offers on extra rewards points, which earned back 9,000 of the 10,000 points used.
Purchased a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate squares for half price; husband purchased several boxes of shotgun shells for hunting at 1/3 the regular price.
Husband used a coupon + carryout (no delivery fee or tip) and cash he had on hand to purchase a pizza for dinner one night.
Used Amazon gift card from my sister-in-law for gifts for the kids; one item is for my son to go with gifts purchased by my father-in-law and the other items were for my daughter’s move-out bin.
Downloaded five free Kindle books.
Borrowed DVDs and Overdrive books from the library; made sure to return all the DVDs before the due date to avoid late fees.
Saved a cute red ribbon from a bag of candy my son got in his stocking.
Pulled up a Hobby Lobby coupon on my phone while my daughter was purchasing a gift at Hobby Lobby & saved her 40% on one item.
Daughter signed up for a rewards card at an outlet store she was purchasing some other gifts at; she saved an additional 15% off the already low prices on the items she chose.
Purchased a $0.99 Kindle book with Amazon gift card from father-in-law.
Received our $40.08 utility rebate and immediately transferred it to savings.
Decided to participate in a No Spend Month challenge with a friend, as well as a Pantry Challenge in a ladies’ preparedness group – I allotted myself $20 for possible birthday gift shopping for my daughter’s April birthday and pulled cash for it in case I see an item that is perfect for her; my son helped make a menu plan for the first week of dinners from our pantry and freezer; planned out what purchases NEED to be made and which can wait until at least mid-month or February; am using OTC items alread on hand to deal with the symptoms of a cold I’m dealing with. (Full disclosure: I did ask my husband to go purchase some ginger ale for me.)
Made dinner in the Sun Oven on Saturday – lamb chops (yum!)